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Ranger's Toad

(Amietophrynus rangeri

Description:

Its maximal size, snout-to-vent, is about 115 mm. It is a characteristically robust medium-large-sized toad, dorsal and lateral skin liberally sprinkled with wart-like protuberances. Colour brown-to-greyish with more-or-less paired dark-brown patches flanking the medial dorsal line. The dark patches on the head meet in a brown bar on top of the head above the eyes. The anterior dorsal skin of the head lacks dark brown patches. Like most typical toads, it has a large parotoid gland on the neck behind each eye. If injured it will exude whitish spots of venom on the parotoid glands; this can be hazardous to domestic dogs if they bite a toad. The underside is whitish.

Habitat:

It is fairly aquatic as toads go, commonly inhabiting ponds and dams and streams, though it seems to prefer running water and accordingly favours fountains and similar water bodies.[1] It typically is shy, but like many toads it will visit houses and other places where insect prey are attracted to lights, mainly outside the breeding season. It then establishes itself in moist, sheltered spots such as behind flowerpots and becomes tame if not molested. It will eat practically any small animal, including small vertebrates, but mainly insects up to the size of crickets.

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Amietophrynus rangeri Ranger's toad


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3 Comments

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

Hello, keaganbadenhorst and welcome to Project Noah. This is a lovely new toad to me, so please confirm the ID sugestion above.

Neilen Joyce
Neilen Joyce 10 years ago

Dude glad to see you've shared some pics!!! keep it up...!!!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 10 years ago

Nice Shot Keegs!

keaganbadenhorst
Spotted by
keaganbadenhorst

George Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 19, 2013
Submitted on Mar 19, 2013

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